New Adventures In Dance - The Car Man

THE CARMAN. Pic: Johan Persson
THE CARMAN. Pic: Johan Persson
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NUDITY might not be something you expect to see during a typical night at the ballet, but then there is nothing typical about the work of choreographer Matthew Bourne and his New Adventures dance theatre company.

New Adventures return to the Festival Theatre next week with their internationally acclaimed and multi-award winning dance thriller The Car Man.

Loosely based on Bizet’s popular opera Carmen, the action of the piece sees the familiar 19th century Spanish cigarette factory become a greasy garage-diner in 1960s America, where the dreams and passions of a small-town are shattered by the arrival of a handsome stranger.

Fuelled by heat and desire, the inhabitants of the town of Harmony are driven into an unstoppable spiral of greed, lust, betrayal and revenge.

Inspired by classic European and American film noir cinema and the pulp fiction novels of James M Cain and Raymond Chandler, Lez Brotherston’s epic design, Chris Davey’s evocative lighting and Matthew Bourne’s vivid storytelling create a dangerous and uncompromising vision of small-town America.

The action unfolds to a score of Schedrin’s powerful Carmen Suite and new arrangements of Bizet’s classical score by Terry Davies.

In this new production, the first for eight years, the title role of Luca, The Car Man, is danced by Jonathan Ollivier, with the role of Lana performed Ashley Shaw.

Directed and choreographed by Matthew Bourne, The Car Man follows the phenomenal world-wide success of New Adventures’ Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Nutcracker!, Cinderella and Edward Scissorhands.

The Car Man, Festival Theatre, Nicolson Street, Tuesday-Saturday, 7.30pm, £17-£43.50, 0131-529 6000